MAWSON, Lloyd

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Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2012.

Born in 1938 Lloyd Mawson is the youngest member of the Mawson family. He is known as a man of great integrity, a motivator, an ideas man, creative thinker and strategist. He is a man with a great sense of humour, a story teller with the capacity to relieve the tension that can produce conflict. Lloyd has an amazing capacity to persuade people to think that an idea was their own!

It is no surprise that it became Lloyd’s role to manage the outdoor activities of Mawson business during the late 1950s, 60s and 70s. An important part of that role involved engaging cartage contractors, monitoring their activities and paying them for the work they did. Many stories can be told of this era and a selection has been included in Mawson’s Centenary book and DVD due for release in October 2012 during Mawson’s Centenary weekend.

Lloyd is involved tracing the history of the company over the last century including collating photographic records and constructing equipment displays representing the developments over the years. This will include the change from horse and dray to the first Mawson truck, a 1927 Chev, through to the Kenworths and Macks of this era as well as the development of concrete transit mixers from early 1960 models to the eight wheelers of today. Lloyd can recall many civil projects he managed for Mawsons from the ‘Big Hill’ cutting on the Calder Highway near Bendigo, the Dartmouth Township, the Swan Hill Sewerage Scheme and road construction jobs along the Murray Valley Highway to the building of the weir that created the lake at Benalla.

Lloyd was a real innovator and developed a roll-on, roll-off system for Mawson’s trucks which enabled them to be used for the delivery of concrete in the morning, roll off the agitator and roll on the tipping body for the delivery of quarry product in the afternoon. This approach was very effective for small volume country concrete plants with links to quarries. Another of Lloyd's innovations following the construction of a float with a folding gooseneck for safe loading of heavy earthmoving equipment, was to convert the turntable on the prime mover to quick release. This enabled the truck to tow the machinery float, put on a tipping body and tow a dog trailer or a concrete transit mixer to deliver concrete.

In 1995 Lloyd left Mawson’s quarrying and concrete business to continue the civil construction and earthmoving business from Shepparton. Today this business is managed by Lloyd's son Peter.